Releasing Your Inner Poet

craftypoetIn celebration of National Poetry Month all branches of JMRL will be handing out poem scrolls on Thursday, April 20, this year’s Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poems will also be handed out in various locations throughout Charlottesville and the Downtown Mall. Be on the lookout for free scrolls from some of your favorite businesses, or visit your local library. Pick up your very own poem and read it aloud to yourself, a friend, a coworker or a family member, or just keep it in your pocket for a rainy day. You never know what you’ll get!

If you’re a poet and you know it, stop by Central Library at 7 p.m. on April 20 for Poetry on the Steps. Read a few of your favorite or original poems, or just come to listen and enjoy some refreshments.

In the meantime, take a look at these books from the library to help you build your own personal collection of poems or to improve upon the ones you’ve already written:

The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward – A collection of poems, prompts, craft tips and interviews for aspiring and practicing poets.

A Poet’s Glossary by Edward Hirsch – Explores the traditions of poets throughout time and around the world and provides definitions of the art form’s devices, movements, “isms” and aesthetics.

Poet’s Market 2015 edited by Robert Lee Brewer – A practical handbook for aspiring poets that contains hundreds of up-to-date entries along with submission information, editorial requirements, interviews with successful writers, as well as access to an exclusive webinar. Continue reading

Discovering Your Roots

whodoyouthinkyouareDid you know that your JMRL library card gets you free access to the best online genealogical resources? While you’ll need to make a trip to your local branch in order to use, you can access HeritageQuest from the comfort of your home! Visit and click “genealogy” whenever you’re ready to get started.

In addition to the library’s online resources, check out one of these guides if you’re curious about how to uncover new branches of your family tree:

Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History by Megan Smolenyak – An official tie-in to the NBC genealogical series that features celebrity revelations on their ancestral histories, in a fan’s companion that also shares comprehensive guidelines to conducting one’s own genealogical research.

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy by Kimberly Powell – Offers advice on researching family history on the web, including search strategies, data sharing, government records, genealogical software, and publishing the results on the web.

Google Your Family Tree: Unlocking the Hidden Power of Google by Daniel M. Lynch – This guide demonstrates the capabilities with using the Internet’s most popular search engine to find clues about your heritage by showing how to search and filter more effectively, drastically reducing your time spent searching.

Genealogy Online by Elizabeth Powell Crowe – Describes the most current genealogy-related websites and networks available and explains how to begin and maintain a family history research project. Continue reading

7 Books for Yogis


It’s no wonder yoga has been around for thousands of years; it mixes strength and stretching with meditation for a whole-body experience. Whether you’ve been perfecting your practice for years or are looking to get started, here are a few books that yogis everywhere should check out:

Perfectly Imperfect: The Art and Soul of Yoga Practice by Baron Baptiste – Describes the transformation that occurs in the minds and bodies of yoga participants when they get into a yoga pose and how this newfound condition can help them grow and gain confidence.


Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga by Benjamin Lorr – Traces the author’s journey through the world of competitive yoga, documenting his fantastical encounters with athletic prodigies, celebrities, and hucksters.

Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses by Claire Dederer – Describes the factors that compelled the author to try yoga and her subsequent enthusiasm for the practice, recounting her love-hate relationship with trickier poses while revealing how her yoga experience came to reflect her values and generational dynamics.

2,100 Asanas by Daniel Lacerda – An extensive catalog of yoga asanas for practitioners of any experience level showcases the form’s beauty and athleticism and is organized under eight major types, from standing and seated poses to inversion and quadruped poses. Continue reading